Marlborough police move to help keep festive season safe

This Is Wiltshire: Operation Dasher is underway in Marlborough Operation Dasher is underway in Marlborough

Police in Marlborough have launched Operation Dasher to target crime and anti-social behaviour associated with the festive period.

During December, police will be working with partner agencies including: the fire service, promoting its Fire Stop campaign; Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, to prevent and detect retail crime; and pubs, to reduce drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Sgt Barry Reed said: “Essentially it is about making people safe, whether it is personal safety or that of their property.

“Operation Dasher is about making the lead up to Christmas an enjoyable time where the community can go about their business without fear of crime or anti-social behaviour.

“Unfortunately the reality is criminals thrive at this time of year, so this operation gives us opportunities to provide crime prevention advice as well as an increased high visibility presence.”

On Wednesday the Neighbourhood Police Team offered crime prevention advice at the town’s market, which it will also be doing at tomorrow's market.

Alex Minoudis, president of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to see action being taken to tackle anti-social behaviour during the night hours – trouble which often leads to expense and inconvenience for our members.

“We look forward to seeing an increased police presence on our streets during this busy period.”

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